Breaking: 18 more people have been diagnosed with the virus today, including one Black Lives Matter protestor and a number of community transmission cases.
Despite the surge in cases today and in recent days, Victoria will continue to focus on opening up the economy the Premier said.
“Today’s numbers and yesterday numbers are a timely reminder, if anyone needed that, that this is far from over,” he said.
June 22 was still a key date for the opening up of Victoria.
“It’s all based on what the virus is doing in the Victorian community, how much community transmission there is, how confident we are that a second wave can be avoided,” he said.
“And at this stage, we remain confident of that. But we’re going to keep working hard to make sure that everything we do minimises the chances of a second wave.”
One more Black Lives Matter protestor has the virus. Authorities said it was not clear how they got it but that they were not contagious when the rally took place.
The Vic Heath Minister said the protester was infectious while working two days at an H&M store at Northland shopping centre in Preston. The retail outlet has been closed for cleaning.
She said the demonstrator attended the protests with a group of friends and all would be tested for COVID-19.